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Mayor looking to fill Veterans Service post

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Wilson County Veterans Service Officer Bernie Ash will vacate the office on Thursday, Dec. 8.

Ash bested incumbent Philip Craighead in the City of Lebanon mayoral race earlier this November, and he will be sworn in as the city's new mayor on the evening of Dec. 8.

County Mayor Randall Hutto has already started the process of finding Ash's replacement to serve local veterans.

Hutto told The Wilson Post the job listing was posted on Friday, Nov. 11, and will run for a month.

At that point, applications will close and be reviewed by a five-member panel. "We will have a committee to go through the applications and narrow it down to three candidates," Hutto said.

The top three choices will then give presentations in front of the panel in the commission room at the Wilson County Courthouse. Hutto said any veteran who wishes to attend may do so; however, a date has not yet been set.

"The veterans and the committee will be able to give their input as to who they want to see in this office," Hutto explained. "We would like to have someone in place by the first of January (2017)."

Ash was chosen to represent the Veterans Service Office in February 2012. He is an Air Force veteran, having served in the Vietnam War.

Ash said in a previous interview that the Veterans Service Officer position was something he enjoyed and was "very personal" for him. He said that as mayor of Lebanon he will continue to help veterans in any way he can.

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